Play Book Reviews

Following are selected reviews of books about play. Along with many others, these reviews appear in The Strong’s American Journal of Play. Additional reviews will be added to this page quarterly. 


Scott Rigby and Richard M. Ryan, Glued to Games: How Video Games Draw us In and Hold us Spellbound

by James Paul Gee

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Barbara Martin, Children at Play: Learning Gender in the Early Years

by Kathleen E. Fite

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Susan Grieshaber and Felicity McArdle, The Trouble with Play

by Lynn Cohen

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Gaye Gronlund, Developmentally Appropriate Play: Guiding Young Children to a Higher Level

by Sandra Heidemann

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Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown, A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change

by Carsten Jessen

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Deborah Meier, Brenda S. Engel, and Beth Taylor, Playing for Keeps: Life and Learning on a Public School Playground

by Anna R. Beresin

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Anna R. Beresin, Recess Battles: Playing, Fighting, and Storytelling

by Marjorie Harness Goodwin

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Sandra Smidt, Playing to Learn: The Role of Play in the Early Years

by Mellisa A. Clawson

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Mark Bauerlein, The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don't Trust Anyone under 30)

Reviewed by Eugene F. Provenzo, Jr.

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Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce, Wild Justice: the Moral Lives of Animals

Reviewed by Gordon M. Burghardt

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Stuart Brown, M.D., with Christopher Vaughan, Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul

Reviewed by David Kuschner

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Howard P. Chudacoff, Children at Play: An American History

Reviewed by Steven Mintz

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Patricia M. Cooper, The Classrooms All Young Children Need: Lessons in Teaching from Vivian Paley

Reviewed by Christine J. Ferguson

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Ann E. Densmore, Helping Children with Autism Become More Social: 76 Ways to Use Narrative Play

Reviewed by Virginia Ryan

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Brian Edmiston, Forming Ethical Identities in Early Childhood Play

Reviewed by Stuart Reifel

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David Elkind. The Power of Play: How Spontaneous, Imaginative Activities Lead to Happier, Healthier Children

Reviewed by Thomas Armstrong

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Joe L. Frost, A History of Children's Play and Play Environments: Toward a Contemporary Child-Saving Movement

Reviewed by Roy Kozlovsky

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James Paul Gee, Good Video Games + Good Learning: Collected Essays on Video Games, Learning, and Literacy

Marc Prensky, “Don’t Bother Me Mom—I’m Learning!”: How Computer and Video Games Are Preparing Your Kids for Twenty-first Century Success—and How You Can Help!

Dorothy G. Singer and Jerome L. Singer, Imagination and Play in the Electronic Age

Reviewed by Barrie Gunter

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Tim Gill, No Fear: Growing up in a Risk Averse Society

Reviewed by Mary Rivkin

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Elizabeth Goodenough, ed., A Place for Play: A Companion Volume to the Michigan Television Film “Where do the Children Play?”

Reviewed by Rhonda Clements

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Marjorie Harness Goodwin, The Hidden Life of Girls: Games of Stance, Status, and Exclusion

Reviewed by Tracy Vaillancourt

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Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Laura E. Berk, and Dorothy G. Singer, A Mandate for Playful Learning in the Preschool: Presenting the Evidence

Reviewed by Karen VanderVen

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Carl Honoré, Under Pressure: Rescuing Our Children From the Culture of Hyper-Parenting; Hara Estroff Marano, A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting; and Tom Farrey, Game On: The All-American Race to Make Champions of Our Children

Reviewed by W. George Scarlett

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David Kuschner, ed., From Children to Red Hatters: Diverse Images and Issues of Play

Reviewed by Jeffrey Trawick-Smith

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Lawrence Kutner and Cheryl K. Olson, Grand Theft Childhood: The Surprising Truth about Violent Video Games and What Parents Can Do.

Katie Salen, The Ecology of Games: Connecting Youth, Games, and Learning

Reviewed by Stephen Jacobs

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Luciano L'Abate, The Praeger Handbook of Play across the Life Cycle: From Infancy to Old Age

Reviewed by Erna Imperatore Blanche

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Stuart Lester and Wendy Russell,Play for a Change: Play, Policy and Practice: A Review of Contemporary Perspectives

Reviewed by Peter K. Smith

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Susan Linn, The Case for Make-Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World

Reviewed by David Elkind

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Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

Conn and Hal Iggulden, The Dangerous Book for Boys

Reviewed by Jay Mechling

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Edward Miller and Joan Almon, Crisis in the Kindergarten: Why Children Need to Play in School

Reviewed by Jim Johnson

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Linda Nazareth, The Leisure Economy: How Changing Demographics, Economics, and Generational Attitudes Will Reshape Our Lives and Our Industries

Reviewed by Garry Chick

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Anthony D. Pelligrini, The Role of Play in Human Development

Reviewed by Doris Bergen

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Sergio Pellis and Vivien Pellis, The Playful Brain: Venturing to the Limits of Neuroscience

by Patrick Bateson

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Sue Rogers and Julie Evans, Inside Role-Play in Early Childhood Education: Researching Young Children’s Perspectives

Reviewed by James E. Johnson

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Charles E. Schaefer, ed., Play Therapy for Preschool Children

Reviewed by Linda E. Homeyer

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Diana Seach, Interactive Play for Children with Autism

Reviewed by Pamela Wolfberg

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Dorothy G. Singer, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, eds. Play = Learning: How Play Motivates and Enhances Children's Cognitive and Social- Emotional Growth

Reviewed by Doris Bergen

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Peter K. Smith, Understanding Children's Worlds: Children and Play

by Thomas G. Power

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Jan White, Playing and Learning Outdoors: Making Provision for High-Quality Experiences in the Outdoor Environment

Reviewed by Olga S. Jarret

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